US China Relations

Author: Tao Xie
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135970505
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With China’s rapid ascendance to great power status, the U.S.-China relationship has become one of the most important international relationships in the world today. This book explores relations between the U.S. and China, focusing in particular on China policymaking in the U.S. Congress, which has been unusually active in the development of this relationship. Based on detailed analysis of China bills introduced in Congress over the past three decades, it provides detailed analysis of how Congressional policymaking works in practice, and explores the most controversial issues in U.S.-China relations: Taiwan, trade and human rights. It considers the voting patterns and party divisions on these issues, showing that liberals and conservatives often form an alliance concerning China because China’s authoritarian regime, human rights problems, soaring trade surplus with the U.S and rising military power attract criticism from both camps. It also argues that congressional committees, bicameralism and presidential veto make it virtually impossible for Congress to legislate on China, despite its intense preferences, and therefore Congress often turns to informal – but no less effective – means to exert influence on China policy, such as framing public opinion and generating situations that result in anticipated reactions by the executive branch or Beijing.

The Almanac of American Politics 2014

Author: Michael Barone
ISBN: 9780226105444
Format: PDF, ePub
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Describes each congressional district and includes profiles of governors and members of Congress. Simultaneous. Hardcover available.

Housing Partnerships

Author: Andrew Caplin
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262032438
Format: PDF, ePub
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Although the United States has developed highly sophisticated markets for fundingcorporate investment projects, markets for financing home ownership are comparatively rudimentary.When a corporation wishes to fund a project, it can choose any mix of debt and equity financing. Incontrast, to buy a home, a household must take on debt in the form of a mortgage. The authors ofthis book propose the development of new markets, called Partnership Markets, that would allowhouseholds to use equity finance to buy their homes. With these new markets, a household would beable to finance housing not only with a mortgage, but also with an institutional investor who wouldprovide part of the equity capital for the house in exchange for a share of the ultimate sellingprice.The new markets would offer many benefits to both homeowners and the broader financialcommunity. In the current market, many Americans are forced to rent housing because they cannotafford to buy. Those who do buy are burdened with high debt payments. They also have the vastmajority of their wealth tied up in their home and are exposed to the high risk levels of such anundiversified portfolio. With Partnership Markets, households would be able to buy homes with muchsmaller mortgages, thereby greatly reducing their expenses. They would also be able to diversifytheir assets and create less risky portfolios. For the broader financial community, PartnershipMarkets would provide an opportunity to diversify into the residential real estate market.To givethe reader a rounded view of their proposal, the authors explain the economic theory of the housingmarket and the housing finance market, as well as key aspects of the institutional structure andperformance records of the current market. They discuss the wider ramifications of their proposal,including changes in the form and structure of the secondary market, the government's role in thehousing market, the composition of assets held by institutions, and the general level of risk forindividuals.

Filling U S Senate Vacancies

Author: Thomas H. Neale
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 1437939414
Format: PDF
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This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. The use of temporary appointments to fill Senate vacancies is an original provision of the U.S. Constitution. The practice was revised by the 17th Amend., which substituted direct popular election of Senators for choice by state legislatures; it also changed the requirements for Senate vacancies, by specifically directing the state governors to ¿issue writs of election to fill such vacancies.¿ Contents of this report: Intro.; Constitutional Origins of the Vacancies Clause; The 17th Amend.; Support Grows for Direct Election of U.S. Senators; The 17th Amend.: Appointments to Fill Senate Vacancies Since 1913; Current State Provisions Governing Senate Vacancies; Current State Proposals to Require Special Elections to Fill Senate Vacancies.

Hitching a Ride

Author: Glen S. Krutz
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
ISBN: 9780814208700
Format: PDF
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Omnibus legislating is the controversial practice of combining disparate measures in one massive bill. Omnibus packages are "must-pass" bills because they have a nucleus that enjoys widespread support but they also contain a variety of often unrelated measures that are simply "hitching a ride". Why are omnibus bills employed? Why the increase in their use? Why do leaders attach certain bills to omnibus packages and not others? Glen Krutz addresses these and other questions in this original and insightful study of an important change in the legislative process. Many view omnibus packages as political vehicles and therefore attribute their rise to politics, but Krutz finds that, whatever their political value, omnibus packages are institutionally efficient. Omnibus legislating improves congressional capability by providing a tool for circumventing the gridlock of committee turf wars and presidential veto threats. In addition to furnishing a fascinating look at law-making, Hitching a Ride: Omnibus Legislating in the U.S. Congress provides a challenge to recent studies of congressional change that focus on political factors. Political and institutional factors together, Krutz argues, explain congressional evolution.

Lockdown America

Author: Christian Parenti
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9781859843031
Format: PDF
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A documented look at the criminal justice system in America, "Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis" gives a detailed, critical account of the realities of the prison system.


Author: Lionel Zetter
Publisher: Harriman House Limited
ISBN: 0857191187
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With an emphasis on Great Britain, presents a global view of the lobbying industry, explaining its history, ethical and regulatory frameworks, mechanics, and the techniques employed by lobbyists around the world.

Congress and the Nation X 1997 2001

Author: CQ Press
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 9781568026244
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Congressional Quarterly's renowned series, Congress and the Nation, is the most authoritative reference source on the actions of the U.S. Congress, providing a trusted, comprehensive, and accessible way to track legislation, debates, politics, and elections of the national government for more than three decades. Now the tenth edition continues that tradition by chronicling the events in Congress and the presidency during the second term of Bill Clinton, from his second inauguration in 1997 until leaving office in January 2001. In this new edition, readers and researchers will find: -- A survey of the politics of the period characterized by intensified partisan warfare between Clinton and the Republican Congress. -- A full description of the attempt by the GOP to impeach and remove Clinton from office that was fueled by the partisan rancor of the times. -- The remarkable agreement, in spite of the partisanship, between Clinton and his adversaries over federal spending that put the government on the road to ending chronic and massive budget deficits. -- The emerging U.S. foreign policy that sought to end the interminable ethnic fighting and civilian casualties in the Balkans. -- Continuing, and in the end fruitless, debate over the American health care system and its future. -- Details of Clinton's electoral strengths and the congressional GOP's unexpected electoral defeats. -- The disintegration of the career of House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who only a few years earlier had led his party out of electoral wilderness to capture a GOP majority for the first time in four decades. -- The unprecedented 2000 national elections in which the outcome, sending RepublicanGeorge W. Bush to the White House, was decided in the end only by a hugely controversial Supreme Court decision. As with all previous volumes, CQ editors have condensed major legislative, presidential, and political coverage into a neatly woven story of the times, giving readers both an overview of the four-year period and detailed chronologies of congressional action in substantive areas. In addition to the overall picture, this volume continues its traditional features, to include: -- Key votes cast by senators and representatives during the 105th and 106th congressional sessions -- A generous selection of presidential speeches and other texts -- An examination of controversial nominations to important government jobs that were made during the period -- A list of individuals who served in Congress during the period, and the leading Cabinet figures of Clinton's administration -- Detailed tables, election charts, and other appendices to aid fact-finding -- A detailed index and extensive cross-referencing in many articles.